La Tombelle

‘Fantaisie’ for piano and orchestra

Gifted with a strong temperament and a curious nature, Fernand de La Tombelle is a highly appealing and interesting figure among French Romantic composers.

He left a substantial œuvre, protean, stylistically eclectic, even atypical, that deserves reassessment not only for its own merits, but also because it illustrates a certain form of social and artistic activity in France at the turn of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

This new CD-book reveals the multiple facets of a captivating personality, ranging from orchestral music with operatic overtones through introspective chamber works to choral music recalling the Renaissance madrigal. The sublime Fantaisie for piano and orchestra would suffice on its own to demonstrate the quality of La Tombelle’s inspiration.

Hannes Minnaar and the Brussels Philharmonic conducted by Hervé Niquet

’The high point, though, is the Fantasie, played with exhilarating drive and panache by Hannes Minnaar, and superbly conducted by Niquet, who generates tremendous excitement with it throughout. It’s worth getting the set just for that.’